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Tekken: Dark Resurrection (PSP) - Review
28 April 2009
Excerpt: Every series has a black sheep. For the hugely popular and long running Tekken fighting series, that black sheep is undoubtedly Tekken Advance. A failure with critics and at retail, the 3D fighting mechanics just could not hold up on the Game Boy Advance and made a strong case for never porting the series to the portable arena again.
Excerpt: The PSP was the first Sony system that didn't receive a version of Namco's King of Iron Fist Tournament within its launch window and has so far been the only one that has had serious competition from a rival console. Coincidence? Probably, but there's no denying that the Tekken series has been up there with Wipeout and Ridge Racer in its association with Sony.
Excerpt: The Tekken franchise makes its welcome debut on the PSP in Dark Resurrection, giving you the ability to kick some bottom wherever and whenever you want. Graphically, Tekken Dark Resurrection is a whizz and pushes the PSP to its very limits. With more than 30 customisable characters including new fighters Lili and Dragunov, and fighting across 19 stages, there should be plenty of variation for even the most experienced Tekken fan.
Summary: While Tekken's size has been shrunken down a
bit, the gameplay itself remains as robust and deep as you'd expect it to be.
There's little compromise made here in terms of depth, challenge and controls.
Dark Resurrection definitely looks, feels and plays like a Tekken title should,
and its short matches, multiple extra modes of play and non-linear approach make
it perfect for either a quick session on the go, or a deeper play session while
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: It's a fine line between pleasure and pain, and Tekken is it. Not even the terrible voice-acting can dampen what is a superior one-on-one beat 'em up. With several game modes, 34 characters and extra unlockables, the UMD (much like some of its more muscle-bound fighters) must be bursting at the seams.
Summary: This PSP Tekken manages to be everything you could possibly want from a portable 3D fighting game ... and a whole lot more! This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on. However, that does not always apply to classic/retro games. This specific product, however, came straight from a PR guy for the purposes of being reviewed!
Excerpt: I'll fully admit it right now: I've never really liked the Tekken series of fighting games. My allegiance has been with the Street Fighter and Soul Calibur games, and every time I tried to play Tekken I'd get frustrated with just how quickly fights would end, the huge offense-oriented style of the games, and some of the really goofy characters. Now, with Tekken: Dark Resurrection on the PSP, I think I finally understand just what makes this series so fun.